Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

Dispute: Dei-Dei land owners plea for out of Court settlement

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By Stanley Onyekwere

Some landowners at Zaudan Pazeri and Filindabo Layouts, under the auspices of Zaudan Pazeri Property Owners Association at Dei-Dei district of Abuja, have appealed to the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to settle the land issues between them and the FCT Administration out of court.
Chairman of the association, Elder Friday Ugoala, made the appeal recently, while addressing members of the association at the premises of the FCT High Court at Jabi, when the case that was adjourned to May 16, 2019 did not hold.
Ugoala explained that with the complexity of the case in court, the association has still has faith that the present administration would stop the illegality meted out to over 1,000 landowners in the community and settle the issue out of court, by granting them the right to develop their plots.
“The court did not sit as expected, and we are told to come back on July 3, 2019 to continue with the case, although no reason was given to us for the adjournment.
“That been as it is, we are still pleading with the Minister of FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, that we are ready for out of court settlement anytime any day. He is in position to help his people, because he is our governor.
“He is not the author of our problem, but he can be the solution to it. The mistakes of the past cannot continue, that is why we are pleading that he in his good nature should come to our aide and put and end to our plight.
“We trust that with his kind nature, he will reconsider and give us his approval for us to continue developing our plots and on his own side, give us the certificate of occupancy, which we have paid for and the money is in the pulse of the government,” he stressed.
According to Ugoala, everyone in Abuja knowns how high house rents in Abuja is, because of the housing deficit in the territory, that they are not asking the government to build houses for them, but to allow them developed their plots which they legally acquired.
“That is why we are appealing to the minister to show us kindness by coming to our rescue. We are ready for out of court settlement anytime any day.
“The court has given the counsel the government the permission to make sure that the matter is settled amicably outside the court and we are still expecting that it will be done,” he said.

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